2014 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley
Dutton Ranch - Cherry Ridge Vineyard
Aged 20 months in French oak (40% new barrels)
Open top fermentation, cold soak, manual punch down
Swirling the glass offers up dizzying aromas of freshly picked berries and mom’s delights roasting in the kitchen: blackberries, cherry pie, pepper, tobacco and bacon. The skillful addition of new wood is expressed in the subtle nuance of vanilla and smoke. A velvety pillow greets the palate, followed by luscious blackberries, balanced acidity and sturdy yet refined tannins that linger alongside pleasing notes of berry and crispy bacon.
Wine & Spirits, 2017 Top 100 Wines of the Year. Gold & Judges Selection Award for Syrah Variety, TexSom 2019.
Cherry Ridge juts out over the west side of Green Valley just north of the Petaluma Wind Gap. This scenic vineyard enjoys a south facing slope at the top of the ridge, making it a proverbial “warm spot in a cold area”. Cherry Ridge is just temperate enough to ripen Syrah (most years – not in 2010 or 2011) in a region best known for the cold-loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Just over three acres are planted, split between clones 470, 383 and 877, for the balance of bright fruit, white pepper spice, and plush tannins that we love.
In the traditional fashion, our Syrah is fermented in small open top fermenters, where punchdowns impart a softness which so compliment the depth inherent in this varietal. The fruit is hand sorted and destemmed, and the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. One of two tanks was fermented with 40% whole clusters. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak to age. During its 20 months of barrel aging, this wine was racked twice: once for initial blending and barrel honing, and a second time to further bring along flavor and tannin development. We always start out with fewer new barrels than it might end up in, both to finesse the amount of new wood, and to season some new barrels with white fermentation before using them in the final Syrah aging.
Food Pairing Notes
Indelibly a food wine, this Syrah demands the attention of your hardiest recipes.